A frustrated educator posted an essay on Medium this week saying she and “thousands of others” are considering leaving the profession because the classroom “isn’t a safe space anymore.”
“I’ve been teaching for over ten years. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was a kid. It was my dream job. I even got a PhD. Now, I’m about to quit,” Jessica Wildfire wrote.
“The MAGA students are getting worse. They’ve always complained about safe spaces. The classroom is supposed to be one. They don’t like that. They’ve turned classrooms into one of the most dangerous places in the world. Imagine a bunch of people with different views and experiences, all randomly thrown together in a room and asked to talk to each other while learning how to debate topics like abortion and global warming. Now let some of those students have guns, and add a deadly virus,” she added.
The teacher then claimed “nobody listens to us.”
“They won’t give us better classrooms or newer textbooks. They won’t lower our class sizes, or do anything backed by research. They ask us to write reports, but they don’t read them. They lecture to us. They get angry when we contradict them. They hold long meetings, guzzling coffee and scarfing up pastries while complaining about us. They wonder why enrollment is falling, or test scores are dropping. They decide to blame us,” she concludes.
Read the full essay here.